SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois landlords would be prohibited from using tenants’ immigration status as a means of harassment or retaliation under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago.

“Immigrant families who contribute to our economy and the diversity of our neighborhoods deserve to feel safe in their own home,” said Mah. “This measure will protect families from landlords operating in bad faith, who threaten to disclose their tenants’ immigration status in order to force an eviction.”

Mah’s Senate Bill 1290 prohibits landlords from reporting, or threatening to report, their tenants’ real or perceived immigration status as a means of retaliation against renters who ask for repairs. Given the amount of personal information landlords have access to, including a tenant’s credit score, criminal history, rental history and employment background, the measure will protect immigrant families from exploitation under the threat of being reported to immigration officials.

Senate Bill 1290 previously passed both houses of the General Assembly but was vetoed by Gov. Rauner.

“As President Trump continues to insult and dehumanize immigrant families, it’s important for Illinois to send the message that all are welcome here,” said Mah. “I am committed to enacting this bill into law so that families in our community don’t have to live in fear of losing their home.”

Mah is serving her second term representing the 2nd District, which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of McKinley Park, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards. For more information, please contact Mah’s district office at 872-281-5775.

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